Carolyn Osbourne is a specialist Education Law lawyer with extensive experience handling education cases on behalf of children and families including:- Admissions Appeals, School Exclusions, Special Educational Needs, Transport Appeals challenging local authorities regarding children out of school or in alternative provisions.
Carolyn acts for children and young people who are out of school and challenges Local Authorities in relation to their duty to educate sick, vulnerable children unable to gain school access to a school place by way of Judicial Review where necessary.
Carolyn joins My Business Counsel having previously worked as the Senior Lawyer at an innovative young peoples legal practice, Streetwise Community Law Centre where she took on several ground breaking cases and received a Highly Commended Law Society Excellence Award in 2012 for her work in the field of Education Law. Prior to this Carolyn spent 10 years specialising in Child Care and Criminal Defence work and worked as a Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor and freelance Advocate. She has spent most of her professional life supporting vulnerable families and children, and keeps her client and their desired outcome at the heart of her practice.
Carolyn advises families on how to manage their children’s education, can offer support and guidance when things start to go wrong and assist in managing relationships with schools and the local authority to avoid school exclusion or Tribunal litigation.
She will act for families before School Governors and Independent Review Panels, Admissions Appeals Panels; pursue complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman; Ofsted; Young People’s Learning Board or Education Funding Agency.
Carolyn is a trained Mediator and will support parents through the mediation process to actively reach settlements in support packages and placement under Education Health and Care Plans and will take cases to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) First Tier and Upper Tribunal.
I want to take this opportunity to let know that… [we] are immensely grateful for your help securing [our son’s] EHCP and placement in … school. Your help, patience, perseverance and focus have resulted in life changing outcomes for my entire family. Thank you! You should also know that your professionalism also helped sustain our arduous journey which started two years ago.
NS, Anonymous Parent.